Combustion synthesis of fullerenes and fullerenic nanostructures. Courtesy Vander Sande Lab
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering traces its
history back to the founding of MIT in 1865.
Over these years, its
central function has been the education of students by providing them
with the opportunity to conduct independent and creative research at
the forefront of materials science and engineering. Today the
Department is the largest of its kind in the United States, and it is
clearly the leader in many areas of materials education and research.
The Department shares in creating the tradition of excellence for which
MIT is known.
The Department's strong record of achievement is solidly based on
its continuing record of pioneering advances in engineering sciences
and technologies, its ability to relate new developments and advances
to engineering practice, its success in incorporating these advances
into teaching and research programs, and its close relationship with
In advancing the frontiers of knowledge, the Department draws upon
faculty and students with many diverse backgrounds. There are few
fields of science or engineering that are not concerned in some way
with materials. Indeed, the need for materials is as pervasive in our
lives as is the need for energy. It has been estimated that the work of
one in three engineers is directly related to materials, while over
half of all engineers have at least an indirect concern for the
properties of materials.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering links
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